Welcome to the April 2012 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at email@example.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In April, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) reached the 20,000 installation mark, which is over a thousand installations a month since they went open source last year. It also released Composite C1 3.2, which offers a number of new features, such as:
- A combined Save and Publish button
- A new tool for integrating with third party media sources such as Facebook (news, site), Twitter (news, site), and SharePoint (news, site) with the Composite C1 media library
- New multilingual support, with German and Chinese localizations added to the existing Russian, Dutch, Ukranian and English options
- HTML5 video streaming
- The ability to load the new Instant Image Crop package from Composite
- Support for .NET 4.5
- The ability to create custom login screens
If you're interested in an introduction to the Razor functions in Composite C1, check out this presentation by Marcus Wendt:
In April, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) added SharePoint 2010 integration to its new SharePoint Connector and the DotNetNuke SharePoint Library, which is part of its DotNetNuke Enterprise Edition. It also released DotNetNuke 6.2 beta, which includes new social features such as:
- User profiles
- Activity feeds
- User journals
- User messaging
- User notifications
Expect to see the final release of 6.2 in May.
In April, the Drupal (news, site) project opened its call for papers for DrupalCon Munich, which will be held from August 20-21. The theme is "Open Up! Connecting systems and people." They've also opened the call for proposals for the pre-conference training sessions. All proposals are due by May 11.
The Drupal Association also conducted a code sprint to kick off upgrading Drupal.org from Drupal 6 to 7. April also brought the announcement that 13 Drupal projects were accepted for Google Summer of Code (news, site), totalling a $72,000 investment in Drupal.
- An autosave feature
- A template debugging operator
- The ability to cleanly extend the cluster features
- A revamped cluster index mechanism, which now supports eTag, HTTP RANGE and offers improved error and debug handling
It also launched a Reputation Engine in a step toward Gamification. This engine is plugged into most eZ Publish Community platforms, building and displaying community member reputation wherever desired. Another community effort involved re-constituting the Community Project Board, and there was a Meetup in Berkeley, Calif.
Expect eZ Publish 2012.3 to follow in May. This version brings a security fix, plus:
- An in-page preview feature
- An improved registration form for the installation wizard
- Compatibility with PHPUnit 3.6
- Translations from the Etna translation campaign
- An improved debug report with more readable output and accurate time measurement
Also coming in May is the need to hire more staff, including two more people for the Community Management team, along with more details about the upcoming eZ Publish Summer Camp.
In April, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) announced that they're a finalist for the Red Herring 2012 Award, which selects "cutting edge companies and technologies … positioned to grow at an explosive rate." They also launched Hippo CMS 7.7 as a general release, and released Hippo CMS 7.7.1, which added:
- An improved auto-export module
- An improved Channel Manager Overview
- A German translation of the CMS user interface
- Improvements to user management
- Separate Site user access control
- An improved activity log that scales to extremely large numbers
- Channel Manager Events
- Improved Image Scaling and HST logging
- Extended Field Validation
The Hippo crew also found time to host more than 100 developers at Hippo headquarters in Amsterdam, and to add three partners: Alogient in Canada, comSysto in Germany and ESISS Ptry in Australia. It now has partners in 20 countries and on six of the seven continents.
- A QR Code control for the printer-friendly view
- A control that integrates Nivo Slider
- Updates to CKeditor and TinyMCE
The mojoPortal team also released a premium add-no feature, Site Membership Pro. This product aids in monetizing site content protected by member-only roles, by providing:
- The ecommerce infrastructure
- Assigning users to member-only access roles upon purchase
- Removing users from member-only access roles when their membership expires
- The ability to configure automated reminders before membership expires
In April, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) launched a survey to learn how people use its Documentation Center and what they're expecting from it. It has also begun producing two blog series, one to discuss features coming for Nuxeo Platform 5.6 (for example, it updated the UI for the Summary view for documents), and the other a joint project with Liferay, eZ Systems and Hippo on the topic of open source community mangagement.